What Makes International Students Choose Malaysian Higher Learning Institutions? A Meta-Analysis 2007-2019

1Osama K. Haniya*, Hamdan Said and Faizah Mohamad Nor


The selection of a particular higher education institutions is an important matter that may shape not just the life and accomplishment of students’ careers, but also their families. The aim of the current study is to investigate the factors that influence the students’ choice of Malaysian higher education institutions through reviewing previous literature. A meta-analysis was conducted on several previous studies to figure out the factors that influence students in making a decision on their choice. Previous studies were retrieved from ERIC, Science Direct, Research Gate, Springer link, and EBSCO with a focus on the Malaysian context. The results showed that students give high consideration to facilities, learning environment, education quality, reputations and location when making a choice to study at higher education institutions. The results of this study may provide valuable information for Malaysian higher education institutions on the criteria they are required to focus on to attract international students to study in their institutions.


International Students, College Choice, Higher Education, Pull-Factor, Influential Factor, Learning Environment, Meta-Analysis.

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